In order to take Mechanical Engineering (ME EN) courses and begin pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a student must either be :
- (Freshmen admitted to the University of Utah Fall 2016 or later) admitted to the College of Engineering with Intermediate Engineering Status, either at the time of admission to the University or after completing prerequisite courses. See http://www.coe.utah.edu/admissions for more information. -OR-
- (Continuing University of Utah student admitted prior to Fall 2016 or new transfer student) admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program and accepted to either Intermediate or Full Mechanical Engineering Major Status. The application link is posted below. Students must maintain a cumulative University of Utah GPA of 2.5 or higher to remain in the Mechanical Engineering program. In addition, students must earn a C- or better in major courses (C or better for Freshmen starting with the 2016-17 catalog year or higher), with only one repeat allowed per course.
Application deadlines and decision dates for fall and spring admission are shown below:
Admission is based on a collection of factors that may include:
- High school GPA (not required for applicants with 30+ post-secondary credits)
- Standardized test scores (not required for applicants with 30+ post-secondary credits)
- English proficiency scores (for international applicants)
- AP credit
- Cumulative post-secondary GPA (including concurrent or dual-program credits)
- Grades in post-secondary technical courses
- Personal statement
While a specific post-secondary GPA will not guarantee admission to the program, in the absence of other information, transfer students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered.
Acceptance to Intermediate Status requires placement into MATH 1210/1310 Calculus I. Students not eligible to enroll in MATH 1210/1310 in the fall of the upcoming academic year must wait until they are eligible to apply for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program.
Students accepted to Intermediate Status may take ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300, 2080, 2300, 2450 and 2650, while students accepted to Full Major Status may take upper division (ME EN 3000-5999) coursework (all pre/co-requisites must also be satisfied).
- Spring 2017 application for current U of U students and Transfer Students
- University of Utah Undergraduate Admissions
- University College Advising
- New Student Orientation
- AP, IB, & Other Special Credit
- University of Utah Transfer Center
- Getting Ready Transfer Guides (for students transferring from Utah schools)
- ME Transfer Course Articulation Table (“Old Plan”, before Fall 2016) (for students transferring from Utah schools)
- ME Transfer Course Articulation Table (“New Plan”, Fall 2016-)
Freshman applicants admitted for Fall 2016 or later who indicate Mechanical Engineering as a choice of major on the University of Utah’s Application for Admission but do not meet the requirements for direct admission to the College of Engineering will be admitted to the University as Pre-Mechanical or Pre-Engineering students. Pre-Engineering students will be evaluated for admission to the College of Engineering when they have successfully completed the required math prerequisites (usually one to three semesters). Pre-Engineering students will work closely with academic advisors for admission consideration and help with selecting and enrolling in prerequisite courses. For questions regarding direct admission and pre-engineering status, contact the College of Engineering at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All other applicants who indicate Mechanical Engineering as a choice of major on the University of Utah’s Application for Admission will be admitted to the University as Pre-Mechanical Engineering students. These students must apply to the Mechanical Engineering Department to be admitted to the ME program and accepted to either Intermediate or Full Major Mechanical Engineering Status, as described below. Students who are not eligible to apply to the ME program or who are not admitted to the program may remain Pre-Mechanical Engineering students. Pre-Mechanical Engineering students are not eligible to enroll in ME EN courses, but should work towards admission to the program by taking required prerequisites and/or other non-ME EN courses.
Students must be accepted to Intermediate Mechanical or Intermediate Engineering Status in order to take lower division (ME EN 1000-2999) coursework. Placement into MATH 1210/1310 Calculus I is required for acceptance to Intermediate Status. Eligible freshman applicants admitted to the University of Utah for Fall 2016 and beyond will be accepted to Intermediate Engineering Status via direct admission to the College of Engineering. For questions regarding direct admission and pre-engineering status, contact the College of Engineering at email@example.com.
Continuing University of Utah students admitted prior to Fall 2016 (including Freshmen admitted for Summer 2016) or new transfer students admitted to the Mechanical Engineering program will be accepted to Intermediate Mechanical Engineering Status if they have not yet completed all of the following courses: ME EN 1000, 1010, 1300 or 2010; MATH 1210 or 1310, 1220 or 1320; CHEM 1210, 1215; PHYS 2210.
Students must be accepted to Full Major Status in order to take upper division (ME EN 3000-5999) coursework. Acceptance to Full Major Status is based on completion of the courses listed below with a GPA of 2.7 or higher and no individual grade below a C- (C minimum grade required starting Fall 2016). All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Courses may be repeated only once, and the second grade will replace the first grade.
Courses Required for Full Major Status
|CHEM 1210 & 1215||General Chemistry & Lab|
|MATH 1210 & 1220||Calculus I & II|
|ME EN 1000||Introduction to Mechanical Design for Engineering Systems|
|ME EN 1010||Computer-Based Problem Solving for Engineering Systems|
|ME EN 2010/ ME EN 1300||Statics/Statics & Strength of Materials|
|PHYS 2210||Physics for Engineers I|
Students are reviewed for Full Major Status each Fall and Spring semester. Eligible students are accepted to Full Major Status and notified by November 1 (Fall) or March 15 (Spring).
Transfer students are evaluated for Full Major Status as part of the admissions process.
A student who is ineligible for Full Major Status because their technical GPA is below 2.7 may remain in Intermediate Status, repeating courses to improve GPA. A student who fails to earn a C- or better (C or better starting Fall 2016) in any of the courses listed above after two attempts will lose Intermediate Status and will not be allowed to continue in the Mechanical Engineering program.
A very small number of highly qualified incoming freshmen will be directly admitted to Full Major Status. Such admission is based on academic excellence in high school. A student wishing to be considered for Direct Admission should indicate this on their application for admission to the Mechanical Engineering program.
Minimum Requirements for Incoming Freshman
The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate program is rigorous and challenging, preparing graduates for a variety of rewarding and meaningful careers. To be adequately prepared for the program, the following high school coursework should be completed:
- Calculus (strongly recommended)*
- Physics (one year, including laboratory work)
- Chemistry (one year, including laboratory work)
Beyond these core requirements, high school students are encouraged to take:
- Biology (one year, including laboratory work)
- Mechanical drawing/drafting
- Computer courses
- Foreign language courses
*ME EN 1000, taken in the first semester of the first year of the ME program, requires MATH 1210/1310 Calculus I as a co-requisite. Therefore, students wishing to complete the ME program in four years must be eligible to take Calculus I during their first semester at the U. To figure out how to be eligible for Calculus I as an incoming student, click here.